Letter from Orlando L. French to Lydia French
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- Correspondence, French, Lydia, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States - Army - Illinois Infantry Regiment, 75th (1862-1865), Letters
Letter written by Orlando L. French to his wife, Lydia French, during his service in the Civil War.
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Aug 23d 1863 I have not been well for several days, + have not finished my letter but will do so soon, Since I have been here I have received two letters from you, mailed the 15th + 17th, and no one you tell a funny little story of a certain young man that became smitten of you, - he talked just exactly as I should if I was in pursuit of _contraband pleasure,_ but your good sense + loyal heart will prompt you as to the proper treatment for such specious villainy, - I have a very exalted opinion, of these fellows who are to cowardly to fight, and who stay at home + play + talk pretty to the wives of their letters, who have gone to the battle field to save the country It is very nice for them to tell about the fine times that the officers down here have, but I would advise them to come down + try it - To be insulted + vilified by _Cowardly Sn[---]s_ who stay at home is very humilliating [sic] but for all such there is a day of reconing [sic] Our camp here is not as pleasant, or healthy as what we have had heretofore + we are getting into a different looking country, but I dont [sic] like it very much [page break] There is a prospect now of our being mounted - the offer has been made us, and it was put to vote last night + the decision was to be put on horse back, - for my part, it will give me more, + harder work to do, but on the whole I am in favor of it as it will open up a new life to us, - one of perhaps more dangers, but full of adventure and excitement The mail is all ready to go for today So I will send this + write again in a day or two Ever Your loving husband Lieut [?] OL French
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